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Business heats up for new Godby: Firm re-emerges after selling to a national competitor in the late 1990s

August 25, 2008
When big publicly held companies snapped up local heating, cooling and plumbing companies in the late 1990s, Tom Godby thought he needed to get on board. "I didn't want to miss that tidal wave of change," he said. Godby was the sole owner of Godby Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning LLC, which had been in the Indianapolis market for three decades when Godby sold it to American Residential Services in 1997. But instead of being the industry's new face, the...
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U.S. News ranks Notre Dame tops in Indiana

August 22, 2008
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Eiteljorg takes artifact ownership dispute to court: Quarrels over origins rare but troubling for museums

August 18, 2008
A New Mexico man claims an artifact in the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art's collection was stolen from him in 1984 before it was purchased and donated to the Indianapolis museum in 1989. Artifacts dealer Robert Vandenberg says the American Indian war shirt-a long, fringed shirt made of hide-is worth as much as $200,000 and he is asking the Eiteljorg to hand it over. The museum, on the other hand, says Indianapolis businessman Harrison Eiteljorg had clear...
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Firm brings big-name help to small not-for-profits: Consultant will offer tiered Web-based advice to help keep its fees affordable

August 18, 2008
Some heavy hitters in the local not-forprofit consulting world have formed Achieve LLC, a company that will use the Internet to make high-end advice available to small and midsize charities. Its goal is to give organizations experiencing growing pains access to expert advice they usually can't afford. "The question was, how do you fill that void for smaller not-for-profits?" said coowner and Vice President Dave Sternberg, former associate director of the Fundraising School at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy and...
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Firm brings big-name help to small not-for-profits: Consultant will offer tiered Web-based advice to help keep its fees affordable

August 18, 2008
Some heavy hitters in the local not-forprofit consulting world have formed Achieve LLC, a company that will use the Internet to make high-end advice available to small and midsize charities. Its goal is to give organizations experiencing growing pains access to expert advice they usually can't afford. "The question was, how do you fill that void for smaller not-for-profits?" said coowner and Vice President Dave Sternberg, former associate director of the Fundraising School at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy and...
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Eiteljorg takes artifact ownership dispute to court: Quarrels over origins rare but troubling for museums

August 18, 2008
A New Mexico man claims an artifact in the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art's collection was stolen from him in 1984 before it was purchased and donated to the Indianapolis museum in 1989. Artifacts dealer Robert Vandenberg says the American Indian war shirt-a long, fringed shirt made of hide-is worth as much as $200,000 and he is asking the Eiteljorg to hand it over. The museum, on the other hand, says Indianapolis businessman Harrison Eiteljorg had clear...
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Stadium's flexibility should help attract extra events: But some experts say stadiums are still a hard sell

August 11, 2008
Lucas Oil Stadium can be a jack of all trades. Hang rigging from its ceiling, lower built-in sound-absorbing curtains over most of the seats, and it can host a fairly intimate 20,000-seat concert. Roll out the temporary floor to cover the turf, part and pack away one side of the bleachers, and it can stretch to be a convention hall, boasting 183,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space plus 12 meeting rooms, a welcome plaza and party deck. But the...
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$720 million stadium will open with big operating deficit

August 11, 2008

Cleaning crews are wiping construction dust from the 63,000 seats in Lucas Oil Stadium, prepping for the public's first peek at the $720 million venue Aug. 16. But the hard work is only beginning for the city's Capital Improvement Board, the entity charged with operating the stadium. The fumbling point: CIB is anticipating a $20 million operating deficit for Lucas Oil Stadium in 2009.


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Center at IU helps nation's rec areas become inclusive: Venues of all types, sizes learn methods to make attractions more accessible to visitors with disabilities

August 4, 2008
Since its inception, the center's staff has worked with venues ranging from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to local parks in the Indianapolis area. Besides facilities, it also comes to the aid of individuals. Recently, the center helped a bride who wanted to get married on the beach at sunset. A family member uses an electric wheelchair, so the center offered advice to her Florida hotel on how to construct a portable wheelchair path to the ceremony that...
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It's all about CHINA: Cultural programming on the rise in Indianapolis as local Chinese population rises, country opens up

August 4, 2008
When Dr. Zao C. Xu moved to Indianapolis in 1986, there were only a handful of other Chinese immigrants working at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Now, there are more than 20. Xu's wife works at Eli Lilly and Co. When she started there in the mid-1980s, she was one of about 20 Chinese immigrant employees at the pharmaceutical giant. Today, there are more than 500. "Many people who came from China started working in the East or West...
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Pitch-Perfect Price: Digonex Technologies' software helps retailers profit from demand

July 28, 2008
Is every song downloaded from iTunes really worth 99 cents? Indianapolis-based Digonex Technologies doesn't think so, and it has developed a computer program using some complicated algorithms to prove it. The company's software compiles sales data and re-prices items for online sales, allowing merchants to maximize profits by adjusting prices up or down based on demand. Consumers don't notice a difference. "What we're doing is a big idea," said Digonex CEO Jan Eglen, 65. "Most of the [pricing systems] you...
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Fair trade frenzy drives retailer's sales: New store also helps not-for-profit Global Gifts' revenue triple in five years

July 21, 2008
Times are good for Global Gifts Inc., a local not-for-profit that runs two boutiques where shoppers think globally and buy locally. The retailer is experiencing a growth spurt as it approaches its 20th anniversary-sales have more than tripled in the last five years and leaders are planning a third location to capitalize on the increasing number of central Indiana residents who embrace fair-trade shopping. Fair-trade retailers agree to a set of rules guaranteeing that their products-mostly crafts and agricultural goods...
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Angie's List CEO buys Greek church for opera: Arts group hopes Meridian-Kessler digs will help it grow

July 14, 2008
Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle has paid nearly $1.5 million to buy Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in the Meridian-Kessler neighborhood and is renting it to the Indianapolis Opera to use as a multi-function center offering rehearsal space, classes and small performances. "I would have been hard-pressed to tell you much about the Indianapolis Opera before all of this. But I think they'll be great neighbors," said Oesterle, who lives on Washington Boulevard, directly north of the church parking lot....
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Charitable giving becomes bigger part of event celebrations

July 14, 2008
Kathryn Morgan and Richard Cimera met at a dog park in Greenwood, where Cimera's basset hound won over Morgan's shy Labrador and boxer mix. And the owners soon followed suit, dating and then marrying on June 13. When the Greenwood couple planned their wedding, they wanted a way to share a bit of their happiness. So, in lieu of party favors, they made a donation to an animal-welfare organization.
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Events facing higher costs at Lucas Oil Stadium: Venue managers also bracing for additional expenses

July 14, 2008
Local big-draw events are itchy to make their first-ever runs in the $675 million Lucas Oil Stadium, in hopes the roomier venue will let them draw more attendees who want to kick the tires and enjoy the new stadium smell. But there's a trade-off-a bigger price tag to cover security guards, ushers and cleanup. And at least one event is weighing higher ticket prices as a result. "I don't think there's any doubt [Lucas Oil Stadium] will cost more based...
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BREAKING: Controversial cadaver exhibit coming

July 11, 2008
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Oesterle buys church for Indianapolis Opera

July 11, 2008
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Copper Moon buys Coffee Etc. from Crystal

July 10, 2008
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Entrepreneur has high hopes for deck-chair markers

July 7, 2008
In late May, Darrell Bowman launched Lounge Hats LLC, an Indianapolis-based company that makes fabric covers that fit over beach or pool-side chaise lounges to make one thing clear: This seat is taken. Bowman withdrew $20,000 from personal savings and added another $50,000 from an investor, his friend Mike Oswalt, to start the company. He runs Lounge Hats out of his garage, hiring a Chinese company to sew the hats and contracting with a local printer to finish them off.
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Need something? They'll trade you: Industry consolidation is remaking bartering terrain

June 30, 2008
Marketing firm owner Lorraine Ball knows how to promote a business-a valuable commodity among cashstrapped entrepreneurs looking to bolster their bottom lines. So it's little wonder that she is able to trade her expertise for services she needs, whether it's help with an online video or time with a personal trainer. Ball is among a growing group of small-business owners embracing the age-old barter system, methaphorically scratching one another's backs to save on cash and credit. Although Ball prefers to...
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Tourism chief excited to sell world on Indianapolis: Former Seattle exec will have work cut out for him

June 30, 2008
Few in Indianapolis' hospitality community knew what to think when Donald Welsh announced he was leaving Seattle to lead convention and tourism efforts here. But Seattle insiders say their loss is Indianapolis' gain. "He's behind a lot of the energy in the [Seattle] organization and getting people engaged," said Anthony Anton, president of the Washington Restaurant Association. That energy will be needed at the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, which is working to fill an expanded Indiana Convention Center and...
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UPDATE: New tourism chief known for energy

June 20, 2008
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Humane Society CEO steps down

June 19, 2008
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Analysts: Flooding to sap barge builder

June 18, 2008
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Installation of Booker art moves to July 14: Nine works sprinkled downtown were inspired by auto industry, Madam Walker, among others

June 16, 2008
Now the city is ramping up to show off 10 pieces from New Yorkbased artist Chakaia Booker-all but one of which she is creating specifically for Indianapolis. Set to roll out July 14, the ambitious outdoor show features nine pieces Booker came up with after three visits to the city. One existing piece, a 6-foot sculpture made of steel and tires that resembles a palm tree, will be installed at the Indianapolis Art Center's ArtsPark. Her new work was inspired...
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IMA Art & Nature Park outdoor exhibits will change regularly

June 9, 2008
Already draped in an ever-changing natural backdrop, the site for the Indianapolis Museum of Art's Art & Nature Park will come to life in 2009 through eight pieces of art commissioned for the setting. But unlike traditional sculpture parks that feature permanent artwork, the IMA's $25 million outdoor gallery will change regularly.
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Local mental health centers caught in funding limbo: Federal effort to shift costs to states on hold, but not-for-profits' budgets for next year must be completed now

June 9, 2008
At Indianapolis-based Adult and Child Mental Health Center Inc., Executive Director Bob Dunbar has developed a contingency plan as he works on the agency's $25 million budget for next year. He has two versions of a spending plan for the center, which provides mental health services for 4,200 children and adults a year. One includes moderate cuts tied to state funding changes, and the other deals with massive cuts pushed by the federal government. In the worst-case scenario, as much...
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IRS requires not-for-profits to disclose more info: Organizations gearing up for new rules in 2009

June 2, 2008
For the first time in decades, the Internal Revenue Service is making a major revision to the way not-for-profits disclose information about their finances, governance and operations. Coming in the wake of scrutiny from federal lawmakers and regulators alike, the changes to IRS Form 990 that take effect next year require not-for-profit leaders to provide more information on executive compensation and potential conflicts of interest, for example. And for the first time ever, most organizations will be required to file...
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Shoe Carnival upgraded despite profit setback

May 30, 2008
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Retail survivor: resale: Consignment, thrift shops doing well despite nation's economic slowdown

May 26, 2008
As gas prices approach $4 a gallon and economic growth grinds to a standstill, many retail shops are feeling the pain. Consumers who don't have as much disposable income are cutting back on clothing and accessories purchases. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index dropped to its lowest level in 26 years last month, and several reports find that consumers will likely be spending their so-called economic stimulus payments on bills, not shopping sprees. But one retail category already is...
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